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Video Game Consoles: Ouya -- What You Can Expect from the Ouya Video Game System


Ouya Video game system and controller

Are you excited about the Ouya video game system, or are you waiting to actually play or develop a game on the system before you decide how you feel about it?  The good news is that if you are in a "wait and see" mode, at least you will not have to shell out an "arm and a leg in money" to get a Ouya. The big selling point of the Ouya seems to be its relatively low price of $99 when compared to other systems such as the upcoming PlayStation 4 and the Xbox 720.

The questions are -- What will you really be getting if you buy the Ouya, even at the $99 price and will you be getting a bang for your bucks?    


Ouya video game system

Due its small size, the Ouya has been compared to such devices as the Nexus 7 and the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.

The Ouya runs on its own Android  operating system. You can play games on the Ouya, or if you like, you can also develop or create your own video games on the system.  The open source capability of Ouya sets it apart from some of  the other video game consoles.

Several video game  companies have announced they will be developing and publishing video games for the Ouya.  The first to commit to  making games for the Ouya console was Infinity Ward with a plan to  create a prequel to its game, Human Element,  which is a post-zombie-apocalyptic game.  Other video game companies followed suit in providing games, including Square Enix's with Final Fantasy III,  XBMC from the developers of the game as well as others. Recently another exclusive game, Soul Fjord from the Portal makers has been announced for the Ouya.


Soul Fjord video game for the Ouya

By being an open source video game system and selling at only $99, the Ouya may look like it is headed for success. But not so fast.  There have been some complaints about the low number of video games that will be available when the Ouya launches and  there were tactile and other problems reported with the controller.  There were some complaints about the  plan to release Ouya units, yearly after the initial release, as well as the fact that the technology for the Ouya may be inferior to that of your regular smart phone.  In fact, during initial tests, a small delay was noticed during game play -- which may or may not be corrected prior to the Ouya being released for retail.



With the June 4, 2013 release date for the Ouya steadily approaching, you can purchase a Ouya very soon if you are in the market for one.  The downside is that you will be out of $99 if you are dissatisfied with the Ouya and it ends up just sitting idle, gathering dust. The upside is that if you buy and enjoy your Ouya, you will be able to play and even develop games on a new, innovative video game system, which will hopefully enhance your video gaming experiences.

Update:  Due to demand, the new launch date for the Ouya as of May 9, 2013 is June 25, 2013.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 14:25

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Mom's Minute Shares Future of Star Wars


Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back -- Circa 1980

Mom's Minute Ms. H shares the future of  the Star Wars franchise.  There is a saying that "All good things must come to an end."  Ms. H from Mom's Minute would like to take exception to this statement.  Instead of all good things ending, what if they took on another shape or form, and continued to live on, becoming even better and more magnificent in the process.  

On this Star Wars Day, let's us Star Wars fans pause a short time from the celebrations and take a look at what may lie ahead for the  Star Wars franchise.

There were some rumblings, some negative and some positive,  when awhile back the news hit that Disney had purchased LucasFilms.  Even more rumblings were heard when Disney announced the closure of LucasArts gaming publishing subsidiary, leaving the latest Star Wars video game, Star Wars 1313 and others in limbo.  Disney's plan is to change LucasArts to a licensing rather than a gaming model. Unfortunately, the downside of this change was a loss of jobs for some, who hopefully are now reemployed.

Does Disney have any plans on the horizon for the Star Wars movie franchise?  Happily, the answer is a resounding, "Yes."

Unfortunately, since this news is not coming from Disney, you may regard it as a rumor for now.  Regarding future Star Wars movies, the current plan is to release a movie during the next five years or so, probably beginning the summer of 2015.


Star Wars

The first three movies will be a trilogy, Star Wars VII, VIII and IX, with the storyline picking up from Return of the Jedi with possibly two to three films each year, with JJ Abrams directing (for now) and Michael Arndth writing the scripts. There's even talk of some of the original cast coming back to possibly recreate their characters for these movies.  The most buzz  seems to be on Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford's possible return.  The  cast by the way will probably include C3P0,  R2D2 and the ever wise -- Yoda. 


C3P0 and R2D2 in Star Wars

Regarding the Star Wars Franchise, Ms. H from Mom's Minute would like to conclude with a saying that is pertinent to Star Wars which is, "You can't keep a good man/woman (or movie) down."

Happy Star Wars Day from Ms. H of Moms Minute.  "May the Fourth be With You."


Last Updated on Saturday, 04 May 2013 16:29

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Video Games: EA and Insomniac Games Announce Release of Fuse Demo on PSN



Electronics Arts and Insomniac Games have announced that as of May 7, 2013, Fuse video game demo will be available for play on the PlayStation Network. 

This video game was originally Overstrike, and was rebranded in August 2012 as Fuse.

According to Ted Price, CEO and Founder of Insomniac Games, Fuse takes four-player co-op in a new direction you will not find in other third person shooters.  For example, from LEAP, you can jump between each of the four unique agents  at will to the experimental weapons to the RPG-like progression system. You can perform these actions for both the multi-player and the single player.


Scene from Fuse Video Game

There are various combinations of gameplays in Fuse.  For example, during strategic teamwork, you can combine your weapons with those of your team members for unique destroy techniques to earn Fuse points for powerful upgrades.

You can also play this game either online or offline and based on your gameplay, level up to unlock more powerful, Fuse-driven abilities as the game progresses.


Fuse video game releases in North America on May 28, 2013, and in Europe on May 31, 2013. It will be rated M for Mature and will be playable on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 23:06

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Jakks Pacific Expands Action Figure Selections in Celebration of Star Wars Day


Jakks Pacific Star Wars 31" tall Action Figure

Jakks Pacific has announced that it will be adding to its line of merchandise giant, 31" tall, the Revenge of the Sith 501st Legion Clone Trooper and Shock Trooper action figures in celebration of Star Wars Day, May 4, 2013. Each figure will come with seven points of articulation, very detailed features and iconic blasters.  These action figures are said to be the largest, articulated figures of their kind.  


Star Wars Darth Vader Action Figure

 The company had previously announced that it would be adding a 31" tall Star Wars Darth Vader to its line of action figures.


According to Anita Castella, Global Licensing Manager of LucasFilms and in her words:

"The Force is strong within Jakks. Their 31" Giant Figures represent a galactic-sized addition to our figure business, with exciting, larger than life figures that deliver a new Star Wars play for our fans around the world."


Star Wars Action Figure 

The Star Wars Trooper action figures are expected to be available during the fall of  2013, while the Darth Vader action figures are targeted to be available during the summer, 2013.  Here's more good news.  These giant action figures will sell in the U.S. for only $29.99.  Yes -- only $29.99. At that price, demand is expected to be high and these Star Wars action figures may be flying off the shelves as they are bought by Star Wars fans, enthusiasts  and collectors alike. 

Have a safe and happy Star Wars Day.

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Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 17:32

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Video Games: Call of Duty: Ghosts Preorder Bonuses Available Now




Call of Duty:  Ghosts

If you already know that you plan to get Call of Duty: Ghosts when it is released, you may want to take advantage of the preorder bonuses available now.   Activision Blizzard just announced that Call of Duty:   Ghosts will be released on November 5, 2013, and already there are lots of preorder bonuses for you to choose from if you order the game now.


Call of Duty:  Ghosts

The game is being developed by Infinity Ward, the same company that created the initial Call of Duty video game -- a video game that is known for selling in the billions, just days after its release.  If you are one of the billions who plan to get the latest version of the game, Call of Duty: Ghosts, you may want to get bonuses along with the video game by preordering the game now.


Call of Duty:  Ghosts

Preorder bonuses vary dependong on where you plan to order Call of Duty:  Ghosts. For instance, if you preorder for the PC from GameFly, you will receive a $7.00 credit.  Preorder for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC from Best Buy and get a $15.00 credit plus a select video game. If you preorder for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC from Amazon, you will receive an exclusive wall paper for your phone and PC.  GameStop is giving away a two sided Call of Duty physical poster, a weapon camo for use with Call of Duty Black Ops 2, plus a 30% extra in-store credit if you trade in specific items toward the preorder  of this video game. The 30% in-store trade in credit is currently available May 1 - 31, 2013.


Call of Duty: Ghosts Two-sided Poster preorder bonus from GameStop

Of course, as the game gets closer to its release date, more bonuses may become available at other establishments where you buy your video games.

Mature rated Call of Duty:  Ghosts will be playable on the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and the next generation consoles and releases on November 5, 2013.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 May 2013 18:07

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